COVID-19 and Employment Law Update – Zoom Nov 12

Posted on October 20, 2020 By

As the 4th quarter unfolds, organizations and HR professionals are faced with a wide range of issues impacting the workplace. “Return to work” has become so much more than three simple words. At the same time, employers continue to grapple with the fallout from the pandemic and the immediate threat of COVID-19 litigation.

COVID-19 and Employment Law Update, a free virtual presentation presented by the law firm of Jackson Lewis, will address a number of pandemic, political, and civil unrest issues that have evolved over the past eight months, and will be hosted by Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Topics include the current state of New Jersey Executive Orders related to COVID-19 and the reopening of workplaces; wage and hour issues impacting the remote work environment; the First Amendment and the New Jersey workplace — Legally and practically managing political and religious expression at work; the legal and practical implications of recent federal executive order regarding training of employees; and attendees’ questions on hot issues impacting current and future workplace matters.

Members should register at jsahr.shrm.org/events; by emailing Christine Higgins at admin@JSAHR.org.; or call 732-701-7155. Log in details will be sent to registrants. For those who wish to make monetary contributions to Fullfill – Monmouth & Ocean, Hunger Won’t Win Here, JSAHR will match total contributions up to $1,000.

This program is pending 3.0 HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) and 3.0 SHRM PDC (Professional Development Credits) recertification credits. JSAHR is recognized by SHRM to offer PDC.

About the Jackson Lewis Speakers: Luke P. Breslin is an Associate in the Monmouth County offices. He represents employers in workplace law matters in federal and state courts, and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights.
Richard J. Cino is the Office Managing Principal of the Berkeley Heights and Monmouth County offices. He is also co-leader of the Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations practice group.
Bianca M. Olivadoti is an Associate in Berkeley Heights, NJ. She represents both small and large clients, and focuses on all areas of employment litigation.

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2020 Business Expo and Conference November 16

Posted on October 19, 2020 By

In spite of hardships everyone is facing with COVID-19, don’t miss the opportunity to promote your business, find employees, and stimulate local economic growth! Sign up now to exhibit, offer a workshop or seminar, and find employees at the JBIZ 2020 Business Expo and Conference hosted by Lakewood Township and the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce at the BlueClaws Stadium, First Energy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, November 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is scheduled to give opening remarks; and Mark Zelden, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., and the director of the Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiative will also speak.

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said, “Many businesses, employees, and employers have been severely affected economically by COVID. It is our hope that this Expo will help businesses gather resources to help our economy, foster business, and create employment for everyone in Lakewood and the surrounding communities.”

Duvi Honig, the founder of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber, said, “This is a time when we can all get together to empower each other and become stronger. The townships are standing together help all businesses, and to foster business development, services, and jobs for everyone. We urge all businesses to participate in this Expo to exhibit, become a partner, or be a sponsor.”

We encourage our leading businesses to exhibit and join as corporate sponsors. Anyone who would like to exhibit; offer workshops, presentations, or seminars should contact Esther at sales@ojchamber.com. or call 732-987-7704 Ext. 104. Visit www.jbizexpo.com. The Expo will follow all COVID-19 guidelines.

The JBIZ 2020 Expo committee is made up of Senator Robert W. Singer, Deputy Minority Leader; County Commissioner Director Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services and County Operations; Duvi Honig, founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce; and Mayors Carmen F. Amato, Berkeley Township; Raymond G. Coles, Lakewood Township; and Maurice (Mo) B. Hill, Toms River.

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Governor Murphy Commits to Keeping N.J. Businesses Open and Safe

Posted on October 19, 2020 By

It is an accepted fact that in trying times, some people tend to blame others for any misfortunes. During a call with the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce and Lakewood New Jersey businesses, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and officials from Governor Murphy’s administration said they will work directly with the Orthodox Jewish Chamber and the community “every step of the way” as a team to overcome any challenges from rising numbers of COVID-19.

Duvi Honig, the CEO and founder of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, said, “They also committed to work together on solutions to address any rise of COVID-19; and most of all, reassured everyone that they intend to keep all businesses open and working.”

To reinforce this point, the Governor retweeted a message to the public that the Orthodox Jewish Chamber had originally tweeted, reassuring New Jersey businesses that he is here to help businesses flourish and operate safely.

Honig said, “Thank you, Governor Murphy, for your leadership reiterating your administration’s commitment to work with the Orthodox Jewish Chamber and all Lakewood Township N.J. businesses in these trying times in keeping our businesses safe and afloat.”

In another strong message of commitment to the Jewish community, the Governor recently pledged to Duvi Honig at the Governor’s roundtable, an event outside the Sheriff’s Emergency Operations Center at Miller Air Park, Berkeley Township, that his administration will take a stand to make sure no one singles out Lakewood for any rise in COVID-19 numbers. He stressed that no antisemitism or anyone seeking to instigate antisemitism will be tolerated in New Jersey.

In an effort to empower everyone, to stimulate economic growth, and to promote local community businesses, Lakewood Township and the Orthodox Jewish Chamber are hosting a JBIZ 2020 Expo at the BlueClaws Stadium, First Energy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, November 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All businesses are encouraged to exhibit at the Expo and join as corporate sponsors.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is scheduled to give opening remarks; and Mark Zelden, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., and the director of the Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiative will also speak.

Anyone who would like to exhibit; offer workshops, presentations, or seminars should contact Esther at sales@ojchamber.com. or call 732-987-7704 Ext. 104. Visit www.jbizexpo.com. The Expo will follow all COVID-19 guidelines. For info about OjChamber, visit www.OjChamber.com

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November 11 Online Meeting of the N.J. Health Care Networking Group

Posted on October 15, 2020 By

Join N.J. Health Care Networking Group for the November 11 Zoom meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. N.J. Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. The Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ is hosting the November virtual meeting.

The N.J. Health Care Networking Group provides an opportunity to build relationships among health care professionals, market events, and promote business. Membership is free; however, register to take advantage of member benefits, such as posting to N.J. Health Care Networking Group’s website, all health care and marketing events, training information, employment listings, and access to a member directory.

The Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ (LSMNJ) first developed an orphanage and then provided a residence and care for the elderly. This beginning served as a foundation for the diversified social ministry organization that now serves people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds made vulnerable by their life’s circumstances.

To register, email Lisa@PreferredCares.com and you will receive the Zoom code to join the November 11 meeting. For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the premier sponsor of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, at lisa@preferredcares.com, call 732-547-9886, or visit www.njhcnet.com for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place once a month.

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Jersey Shore Chamber Announces 2020 Golden Osprey Award Winners

Posted on October 15, 2020 By

Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce has announced its most outstanding citizens and business winners of the 35th Annual Golden Osprey Awards. Recipients will be recognized at the annual Golden Osprey Awards dinner, Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, 1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, N.J. 07712.

The 2020 Golden Osprey Awards will recognize Aspen Tree Expert Co., Inc., Jackson, with the Business Excellence Award for outstanding business practices and contributions to the community; Alison M. Ertl, publisher of Star News Group, Manasquan, for Outstanding Community Service; John Spottke, Senior VP of C&A Financial Group, Wall Township, and Gregory Hunt, Mortgage Loan Officer, OceanFirst Bank, Headquarters, Red Bank, for Outstanding Chamber Service; Carmine Basile, Wicker Plus Imports, Wall Township, with the Pinnacle Award for outstanding support of the chamber and its members; and Patty Camme, Monat Global, Pt. Pleasant; Danielle Wolowitz, Shore Business Solutions,Wall Township; and Top That! Donuts, Pt. Pleasant Beach for the Rising Star Award, presented to chamber members who exhibit outstanding leadership.

Five organizations will be recognized for celebrating 30 years with the Chamber: Doolan’s Shore Club, Spring Lake; Monmouth County Clerk; Board of Chosen Freeholders; Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development; and Monmouth County Economic Development.

The Gold sponsors to-date are Puharic and Associates, Inc.; NJ Natural Gas Company; and C&A Financial Group. Shore Business Solutions and Star News Group – The Coast Star & The Ocean Star are the Silver sponsors. The Cocktail sponsors are Fox Rothschild LLP and EH Thomson & Co., Inc.

Sponsorships are still available, ranging from $350 to $1500; journal ads range from $75.00 to $400.00. Send ads to gary@kintechinc.com.

Seating is limited and social distancing measures will be observed. Tickets cost $95.00 per person and $720.00 per table of eight, and include one-hour premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, coffee, and music. To register or for more information or for special accommodations, contact Danielle at 732-280-8800 or visit www.jsccnj.com., the events page.

About the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce: The Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce (JSCC), 1856 Highway 35, Wall, NJ 07719, established in 1979, is a premiere networking and business-generating organization with more than 400 members. The chamber offers more than 80 networking opportunities throughout the year, such as weekly breakfast meetings; business seminars; a Young Professionals group; Women in Business meetings; afterhours, dinner, and cocktails events; an annual golf outing; an annual business expo; and member-to-member discounts. Guiding the Chamber for more than 15 years is Executive Director Evelyn Mars and a Board of Directors. Visit www.JSCCnj.com or call the Chamber office at 732-280-8800 for more information.

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Kulak Named Corporate Clinical Director of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services

Posted on October 8, 2020 By

Stephanie Kulak, Flourtown, Pennsylvania, has been named Corporate Clinical Director for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. As corporate clinical director, Kulak’s duties include overseeing all clinical operations of the organization, and being responsible for maintaining licensure, accreditation, and certification as per individual state requirements.

Before joining Preferred, Kulak worked for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals as a specialty representative, responsible for understanding managed care market dynamics and medical coverage for products, and communicating this information to physicians and staff. Prior to that, Kulak worked for more than 10 years at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where she was chairwoman for the Quality and Assurance Committee in the ICU. She later oversaw a neurosurgical practice as part of a team conducting research to facilitate changes to policy and procedures in addition to patient management.

Kulak began her career at Preferred in 2009 as an Assistant Director of Nursing in the Bala Cynwyd office. There she expanded Preferred’s operations to its second Pennsylvania location in Bensalem, establishing licensure, accreditation, and certification for the company. Kulak then became Director of Nursing and later Regional Director of Nursing for the Southeast office of PHHC, where she was responsible for CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner) accreditation, Medicare compliance, and ensuring continued compliance with Home Health Care Standards of Practice.

Kulak, a Registered Nurse (RN), holds a BSN in nursing from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing, Administration and Management from Aspen University, Denver, Colorado.

Kulak is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership; American Nurses Association; Pennsylvania Homecare Association; Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey; and the Homeless Health Initiative at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She serves on the Board of Directors, Committee to Benefit the Children, St. Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia; is a Community Health Accreditation Partner Independent Consultant; and an Aspen University Honor Society Board Member.

Jonathan Herman, COO of Preferred, said, “This promotion is the latest in a string of well-deserved accomplishments for Stephanie. She has worked tirelessly over the last decade to ensure Preferred operated with a solid clinical foundation and we look forward to her continuing to infuse that thinking in our organization in her new position.”

For more information about Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or call 732-547-9886. Visit PreferredCares.com for more information.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC, named a 2020 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Lakewood and Howell Townships Join in a Spirit of Cooperation

Posted on October 8, 2020 By

In a spirit of cooperation with its neighbor Howell Township, Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles and Township Manager Patrick Donnelly have arranged to have its Department of Public Works sanitize the parks and playgrounds in Howell so all citizens can enjoy the public facilities.
Lakewood Public Works, under the supervision of director Phil Roux, has been sanitizing its own buildings, parks, playgrounds, etc., and offered to help Howell so they can safely reopen and all citizens can feel comfortable using the facilities.
According to Paul Novello, director of Public Works for Howell, Lakewood will be looking at six Howell parks and will assist in sanitizing them. Of course, everyone is encouraged to maintain social distancing and wear masks.

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Special Live Stream Event – World-renown John Ford at The Strand Theater, Lakewood

Posted on October 8, 2020 By

Enjoy a live stream concert of world-renown singer, songwriter, bass player John Ford from the Strand Center for the Arts Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.

John Ford’s music career has spanned from the mid-1960s to the 21st century. He has toured and played with musicians, such as Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, The Eagles, Frank Zappa, Marc Bolan/T. Rex, Blue Öyster Cult, ZZ Top, RUSH, REO Speedwagon, Steppenwolf, King Crimson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Preston, Cat Stevens, Roy Harper and Dave Mason.

His versatility has let him play a wide range of venues from folk clubs to large scale international rock venues. After playing in various bands, Ford’s unusual percussive style of bass playing caught the eye of Strawbs’ leader Dave Cousins during a performance at Cousins’ folk club in Hounslow.

He joined Strawbs in May 1970, and Ford’s influence on the band, primarily known as a folk rock group, shifted them into a new direction in the progressive / art rock scene. Ford penned songs such as, “Heavy Disguise” and “Part of the Union,” Strawbs biggest chart hit.

To enjoy the concert go to strand.org/live-video.

Although the live-stream concert is free, the Strand Theater, a 501(c)3, would greatly appreciate donations. Because of COVID-19, all live performances have ceased since March but the costs of heating and electricity, among other expenses, have not! Please consider making a donation at strand.org.

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Ocean County Freeholder Ginny Haines to Speak at the October 8 Ocean ELC Meeting

Posted on October 1, 2020 By

Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. “Ginny” Haines, a lifelong resident of Ocean County who was sworn into her second three-year term on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is the featured speaker at Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) on Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Charlie’s of Bay Head, 72 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head, N.J.

Freeholder Haines will discuss the state of Ocean County and the outlook for 2021.

This event is open only to Ocean County business leaders, business owners, and employees. Ticket are $30.00 per person and registration is required because seating is limited.

For registration and login information, contact Jody Herkloz, Chairwoman of the Ocean ELC, at Jody@northstarstrategiesllc.com.
The Ocean County ELC is sponsored by Holman Frenia Allison, PC; New Jersey Natural Gas, and NorthStar Strategies in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Sponsorships are available for $250.00 each event.

About Freeholder Ginny Haines: Freeholder Virginia “Ginny” Haines is the chairwoman of Parks and Recreation and Natural Lands. Freeholder Haines, Toms River, was first appointed to the Board in 2016, bringing years of public service and leadership experience to the Board of Freeholders. In 2019, she served as Director of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
She serves as liaison to a host of county departments and agencies, including Ocean County College and the Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. As Chairwoman to the Department of Parks and Recreation, Freeholder Haines works closely with department staff to make certain the County’s 27 different park sites, including two golf courses, continue to provide premiere active and passive recreation areas for all County residents.

Ocean County park facilities range from sports field complexes, to off-leash dog parks, and general recreational areas for all residents. The County also provides an extensive recreation program through its Parks and Recreation Department, offering programs for residents of all ages. The Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund, approved by voters in 1997, has resulted in almost 35,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands and farmlands being acquired and approved for preservation in the County with many more applications under review. In 2018, Ocean County preserved its largest tract yet purchasing what is known locally as the Forked River Mountains in Lacey Township – about 8,000 acres of open space. In 2019, a 3,000 acre donation was added to the site.

As liaison to Ocean County College, Freeholder Haines is a staunch supporter of quality and affordable education. She closely works with the college on various projects and is a champion of the Ocean County College Foundation, providing scholarships to new students interested in advancing their educations. Freeholder Haines also serves as liaison to the Department of Information Technology, which provides technical support to all County government agencies. Freeholder Haines has served in various capacities on the Ocean County College Foundation Board and currently serves as its chair. She has closely worked with the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts, the Monmouth/Ocean Foodbank, the Ocean County Heart Association, the United Way, and the Local Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Ocean County.Freeholder Haines is an active member of the Rotary Club of Toms River, the Toms River Student Loan Fund Board, and the Advisory Council for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She serves as the Board’s representative to the Southern New Jersey Freeholders Association, an alternate to the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and liaison to the LACADA.

Prior to joining the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Haines served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery from July 1994 to February 2002. Freeholder Haines also served as state 10th Legislative District Assemblywoman from 1992 to 1994. She served as the New Jersey General Assembly Assistant Majority Whip. She also served on the Toms River (formerly Dover Township) Township Committee in 2002. She was Clerk of the New Jersey Assembly and also served as a Legislative Aide for state Senator Robert Singer. She also has served as a speaker and mentor for the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series.

Among her many awards, Freeholder Haines has been recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Loyal Buffalo Award from the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ocean County Girls Scouts. She was named a Paul Harris Fellow, a Melvin Jones Fellow, New Jersey Law Enforcement Association Recognition, Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Citizen of the Year by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Freeholder Haines also is an inductee of the Lakewood High School Hall of Fame. She also is a member of the Joshua Huddy Chapter of the DAR.

Freeholder Haines is the National Republican Committeewoman – New Jersey since 2004 and is co-chair of the Republican National Committee Northeast Region since 2013. She also served as a delegate in 2008, 2012 and 2016 for the Republican National Convention and has represented the state on numerous committees.

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers. About NJBIA: The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit www.njbia.org for more information.

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Congressman Andy Kim to Speak at the September 30 Ocean ELC Meeting

Posted on September 26, 2020 By

Congressman Andy Kim., who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 and represents the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, is the featured speaker at Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Virtual Morning Coffee with Congressman Andy Kim is a free event from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., open only to Ocean County business leaders, business owners, and employees. Registration is required.

Congressman Kim will discuss federal efforts to help New Jersey businesses recover from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and ways Congress can help businesses grow and thrive.

For registration and login information, contact Jody Herkloz, Chairwoman of the Ocean ELC, at Jody@northstarstrategiesllc.com.

The Ocean County ELC is sponsored by Holman Frenia Allison, PC; New Jersey Natural Gas, and NorthStar Strategies in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

About Congressman Andy Kim: Congressman Andy Kim was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. He represents the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, which stretches from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean encompassing most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County.

Congressman Kim grew up in South Jersey, the proud son of Korean immigrants. His father and mother raised Andy and his sister in South Jersey because of the top notch public school system and safe communities. Andy attended public K-12 schools and credits the quality of his education with helping him become a Rhodes Scholar and leading national security expert.

Andy is a dedicated public servant, who believes service is a way of life. He worked as a career public servant under both Democrats and Republicans; and served at the Pentagon, State Department, the White House National Security Council, and in Afghanistan as an advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen.

He currently lives in Burlington County with his wife and two baby boys.

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers. About NJBIA: The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit www.njbia.org for more information.

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